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Re: Google Desktop and Security
From: Hunter Barrington <godsrock37 () gmail com>
Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2006 13:16:53 -0500

i havent had any security issues with it. though it is a resource hog. i liked it a lot because it would get news feeds, and then the big plus was the indexing ur hard drive, but if u dont wanna do that u can turn it off. though that was its purpose. it has a few other cool features and plugins, like a todolist or scratchpad for quick note taking. but like i said, if u dont want to index ur hard drive u might wanna consider different tools for those things as its a resoure hog. The news feeds and rss can all be done through mail managers like thunderbird and the note taking and to do list can be done with a text file or any other simple app. the real awesome thing about it was that it bundled it all together. I ended up not using it simply because it wasnt worth starting up and limiting my resources because i do a ton of other stuff (music, email, internet browsing, text editors, compiling programs, etc.). It shouldnt be a security issue since the index is stored locally on your comp. if u have firewall and antispyware set you should be allright. If not u should get those anyway, and having google desktop isnt going to be anymore of a threat or whole, it'll just make it easier for hackers/spyware to gather personal information.
-Godsrock37

Mark wrote:
I am interested in using Google Desktop, but am concerned about the
potential for security leaks from my computer.  I am uncomfortable
with Google indexing my hard drive.  I have read that you can turn off
indexing, so I feel better about that.

Could someone please provide more information about what other
security issues the Google Desktop may present.

Thank you.

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